Can new Epson cartridges be refilled?
Example cartridge used is the T069 series yellow and magenta, however Epson’s current line of cartridges (T088, T069, T068, T077, T078, T098, T099) are all very similar in both shape and size, and getting inside the cartridge involves the same steps.
Step 1: Removing the cover
First part is to get the cover off. There are 5 self locking tabs around he top of the cartridge. We used a thin blade, but it was still very difficult to get these tabs dislodged. The bottom of the cartridge consists of three very simple to release tabs. Start at the bottom to get better leverage.
Step 2: Removing Black Tape
Once you get the cover off, Epson has seen fit to put a piece of black tape over the very thin layer of clear plastic that holds the ink in the cartridge. If you rip the underside clear membrane while trying to remove the black tape, the cartridge will not be refillable.
Now removing the black tape is a very hard thing to do. We had a heck of a time getting it off and punctured several cartridges in our attempt to remove the stubborn black tape. Be careful and go slow. It took us 5 tries and a heat gun to get the pesky black tape off the cartridge without puncturing the clear plastic underneath which is holding the ink in the cartridge.
As the caption implies this is not the way the black tape came off. We started pulling back the black tape from the edges, heated with heat gun and just sent very slow pulling he black tape up slowly. It took us about 5 minutes to get the tape off after practicing on 4 destroyed cartridges. The black plastic is not really tape, rather it is glued onto the cartridge along the internal chamber walls.
Step 3: Where to fill
Remember to refill both ink chambers. Both ink chambers (one on top left, and one on right) must contain ink at all times. There is a sensor in the egress hole of the cartridge that will short out the chip on the outside of the cartridge if the chamber on the right runs dry.
The cartridge above is the T088 series. Notice all the airspace? If you want to know more about the double chip configuration of these cartridges, please click here:
And there you go. If you can figure out how to reset the chip on the end of the cartridge you can reinsert the cartridge as is, or you can put the cover back on and pop into your printer. As far as the black tape goes, we can see no justification for it being there. It adds nothing to the cartridge, and was not present on cartridges from as little as a year ago. It is there to foil refilling plain and simple.